Exercises NOT for pregnancy?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

you can’t do deep twists (some yoga positions are out)

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

ceamoste :  check with your own doctor, but the only exercise restrictions I had while TTC were due to the fact that I did IVF and the risk of ovarian torsion. Prior to IVF I was told to keep doing all normal activities and exercises. After I got pregnant and my ovarian swelling went down I was cleared to resume all regular activities/exercises for as long as I felt comfortable. My midwife actually told me to keep working my abs and back (although nothing lying on my back because the weight of my belly) because it would help with labor and delivery. I’d like to think she was right because I had a super efficient L&D! 

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Buzzing Beekeeper
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LilliV :  both my son and current pregnancy are IVF and we defininately couldn’t do any twisting motions while going through treatment.  but while pregnant, you shouldn’t do deep twists either, you can lengthen and stretch, but not twist.  i take prenatal yoga.  my yoga instructor is a physical therapist as her full time job and her 2nd child is also from IVF.  she’s been teaching prenatal yoga for over 10 years. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

ajillity81 :  I couldn’t do ANYTHING during treatment – one of my ovaries was ridiculously swollen. I had to act like a super delicate flower for months. Really annoying. I was so happy to move my body again once the restrictions were lifted. I’m interested in the twising thing – neither my RE nor my midwife placed any such restriction on me. Obviously it would eventually become uncomfortable but what’s the reasoning before that point? 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I didn’t have really any major restrictions during pregnancy.  My trainer focused me on the back machines (lat pull down, seated row), to help strengthen my back going into and during pregnancy since that takes a lot of the strain with the added weight.  

Post # 7
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Helper bee

ceamoste :  currently pregnant (6 weeks to go!) and have been working out throughout my pregnancy. Once I found out I was pregnant I stopped doing sprints (and just stuck with jogging). Once I hit 20 weeks I stopped doing abs. I think I stopped doing twist motion exercises around 15 weeks? My doctor actually told me I didn’t need to stop doing HIIT sprints, but I just didn’t feel comfortable doing it. They basically said I can do anything but if I feel strained/uncomfortable not to do it. I stopped running around 22-24ish weeks and did power walking with incline instead.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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LilliV :  so doing twists in early pregnancy most likely isn’t going to do any harm. but once baby gets a little bigger, deep twists can compress the placenta, cutting off circulation.  and you could also strain the uterus. 

i am 27 weeks now and i probably couldn’t do a deep twist anyway, too uncomfortable.  in my prenatal yoga class, we still do a modified, mini twist.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Once pregnant, consult with your doctor but I’ve been told it’s all about perceived level of exertion and your own comfort, and to generally avoid dynamic exercises (for instance, anything with jumping) because of the increased risk of injury due to loose ligaments. I still do some heavy weightlifting at 28 weeks (but I am a weightlifter), but I would be working at about 60% perceived level of exertion, or lower. I think twisting is pretty uncomfortable for most women but I still golf, which is a pretty fast “twist”, and it’s fine. 

Pre-pregnancy, you’re probably good to do whatever you were doing before. One great thing about starting a workout routine pre-preg is it hopefully will allow you to continue that exercise while pregnant, whereas I think it’s generally advised not to start anything “new” once pregnant. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I did all types of moves and exercises except Supermans (where you lay on your stomach and lift your arms and legs) once I was showing and I limited time on my back once my belly was big. I purposely kept doing core and abdominal exercises, which helped me during labor. I don’t know why abs would be out unless you have diastasis recti.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

ceamoste :  I do CrossFit, and there have been several women in my classes that workout right up until birth. I think one of them actually attended a class the day before she gave birth. They’ve all had very healthy pregnancies.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

As a certified trainer I work with clients who are pregnant, often we make very minimal changes to their programs, you can still squat, dead lift do ab exercises (after the first trimester I would focus more on planking). If you want some preggo workout inspiration check out Chontel Ducan on Instagram! 

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